The Supreme Court's verdict on dance bars is a mixed judgement and does not reflect the sentiments of the people of Maharashtra, said Maharashtra Home Minister of State, Ranjeet Patil on Thursday. The top court allowed dance bars to re-open in Mumbai, saying that there cannot be "a total prohibition" on them in the country's commerce capital.
"The Supreme Court's judgement given today about dance bars is a judgement of mixed nature. However, the people of Maharashtra are against the dance bars, so this judgement doesn't reflect the sentiments of the people of Maharashtra," Mr Patil said.
"We will follow the Supreme Court's verdict with all due respect but will not allow any wrongdoing in the name of dance bars in the state," he added.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled for protection over moral policing while deciding on strict conditions by the Maharashtra government for running of the dance bars. Saying that the government was conducting moral policing, it has struck down stringent provisions imposed by it for getting licences to run dance bars to open in Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra.
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"Perception of obscenity changed with time; filmmakers earlier desisted from showing lovemaking and kissing scenes on screen and shots of birds and flowers were shown," the top court told the government.
The Supreme Court also said, "there cannot be total prohibition on dance bars. No licence has been granted by Maharashtra since 2005. There may be regulations but that should not amount to total prohibition."
The apex court has set aside the provision for serving of alcohol. It has also said that CCTV will not be installed in the bar.
(With inputs from ANI)